Wednesday WIPs

Yesterday I received my beautiful Nua yarn kit from Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches.  This yarn is gorgeous and I can’t wait to start the Rusty Lines KAL !




The color I purchased is called Harvest Moon, a rich coppery brown that echoes the colors of fall.  It is perfect and such a scrumptiously soft yarn that I look forward to knitting with!

Currently on my needles is a pair of bulky weight slipper socks that I am making for my hubby in Patons Classic Wool bulky.  These are speedy to make and I have been able to knit them as I work (I work from home taking).  The first one was finished in a day and the mate was almost finished yesterday.  The pattern I used is a free one called Slipper Socks and is designed by Veronica Van of Dream of Color. I love knitting these slipper socks and plan to make a few more pairs for me and my hubby.  They are speedy, warm and wear well.  





 also plan to make a pair of Cascading Leaves , also designed by Veronica Van, 
but can’t seem to decided on my yarn yet.  I love this pattern, simple in the front and leaves in the back.  This design is perfect to keep me interested and will be a nice addition to my growing sock drawer!



Photos courtesy of Veronica Van


What’s on your needles, hooks or wheels this week?

Until next time, be creative!











A Finished Pair of Brigid Socks



Sorry about the color variation but it’s hard to capture this color at times.



Yesterday afternoon I finished my mate and now have a finished pair of Brigid socks.  The Patons DK Wool is a favorite go to yarn for dk weight socks.  It knits up nicely, wears well, and I’ve used it for several pairs of socks.




Left to right:
  • Arrowhead in the color Eggplant and Denim
  • St. Brigid’s Carnamoyle - this pair is in Lion Brand Fishersmen Wool (worsted weight)
  • Brigid in the color Eggplant
  • The last one is a free design on a Ravelry but the name escapes me, sorry

Do you like knitting is dk or worsted weight?

Until next time, be creative!

Wednesday WIPs: Socks and A Hat

I think I must be ready for fall as I seem to have been bitten by a knitting bug and have gone on a cast on frenzy!

I am working on a pair of DK weight socks and have finished the first sock and plan to cast on the mate soon.  The pattern is Brigid, a free download by Renee Leverington of The Goddess Knits. I love  the cable design down the front and it is knitting up nicely in my Patons DK wool


This past weekend I casted on Feast, a design by Andrea Mowry using Lichen and Lace Rustic Sport.  I love this yarn and I think this hat is going to be awesome when finished! I am really enjoying this yarn and purchased two skeins from Lichen and Lace to make a pair of mitts.  I think yarn that is rustic looking, and feeling, is exceptional and for me echos what wool is all about.


I am still working on my Nurmilintu handspun shawl but haven’t made much progress as i’ve Had to many other cast on distractions.  I hope to dedicate time to it though this weekend and at least get the first lace repeat finished.



What’s on your needles, hook. Loom or wheel this week ?

Until next time, be creative!

KAL Time!

I can't seem to resist a good KAL (knit along) , especially when it’s from one of my favorite designers and involves sweater knitting.  Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches is hosting a sweater KAL featuring her new design, Rusty Lines. 


From the Stolen Stitches Website:   Each clue is released on the schedule set out below, with a new section of the pattern in each clue. Every clue is supported with video showing you how to work that section of the pattern.  

Let the knitting do all the work to create visual interest in this sweater. Knit from the top down on the bias, the simple stitch pattern looks totally different by adding increases and decreases!
The sweater is designed to be worked with a good amount of positive ease but worn a little shorter, hitting just below the navel.
This sweater is designed to be somewhat cropped, hitting 1.5” / 4 cm below the navel. If you want to alter the length this is an estimate of the difference this would make to yarn amounts.


Photo courtesy of Carol Feller - Stolen Stitches
I am head over heels in love with this design, as well as Carol’s own yarn line Nua, a beautiful rustic looking worsted weight in a blend of 60% merino, 20% yak and 20% linen.  The colors available in this yarn are fabulous, especially a few colors that scream “fall”, and I am so ready for fall.  I think I may just have to order the kit for this KAL, as this sweater would be perfect for here in Arizona.

I also wanted to mention that the Woolly Thistle is also hosting their annual sweater KAL, which is on Ravelry but you can also follow along on Instagram.



Sweater weather is right around the corner and we’re getting ready to host our 2nd annual Sweater KAL! This knit along is really fun with designers offering discounts and prizes, great group camaraderie, and knitters all working on a sweater fit for Rhinebeck! (We’re hoping for a KAL FO photo at RB!!). We already have some wonderful designers signing on so check out our Rav group, let us know you’re on board and show the awesome designers some love! See you there!!! #twtsweaterkal2019#thewoollythistle

Do you enjoy KALs ?

Until next time, be creative! 

Sunday Musings: Time For Sweater Knitting!

I am anxiously awaiting for the temperatures to start cooling off here in the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix, Arizona). This morning was actually the first morning in a few months that it was cool enough to sit outside with a cup of coffee and my sock knitting. It was wonderful !

I have casted on a dk weight weight pattern by Renee Leverington,aka Goddess Knits, called Brigid and using my stash of Patons DK yarn. I love this pattern and the cable pattern is scrumptious! I’m almost finished with the first sock and should be casting on the mate fairly soon.

Now for the sweater knitting ....

I love the designs by Caitlin Hunter.  Her creations are always beautiful with just the right amount of colorwork.   I have many favorites, but I’m excited about casting Nordiska.  I bought the pattern the day it went live and this weekend I bought the yarn from WEBs that Inthink will be perfect for it.


From WEBs:  Malabrigo Susurro is an amazingly soft and light blend of silk, Merino wool, and linen, making it a quintessential summertime yarn. This single-ply sport to DK weight yarn has fantastic and shine, and the linen takes the dye differently than the wool and silk, adding even more depth and dimension to the stunning hand-dyed colorways Malabrigo is known for. Think lightweight sweaters, airy tanks, and lacy shawls you’ll want to wear all summer long! Malabrigo Susurro is produced in dye lots of 5.
Photos: courtesy of Caitlin Hunter and Malabrigo
I am trying a new to me yarn by Malabrigo called Susurro.  This beautiful dyed yarn is a blend of 50% Mulberry silk, 25% Merino, and 25% Linen that is a DK/Sport weight single ply.  For the body I chose the color Sand Bark (top right), for the first contrasting color I chose the color Totuga (middle) and for the second contrasting color I chose the color Sunset. I am super excited about making this sweater and I can’t wait to get my yarn so I can cast on!

I also plan to knit Navelli but I haven’t decided on what yarn I want to use, and I plan to knit Koivua, which I bought Cascade 220 Superwash in Gray for the body and Cascade 220 Superwash Effects in Graphite for the color-work quite a few months ago from Tempe Yarn and Fiber.  I am very excited about sweater knitting this year and truly don’t know why other than the fact that “fall vibes” seem to be in the air.




And of course this magazine collection came home with me after a visit to Barnes and Nobles yesterday. So many beautiful designs in these three magazines and not enough time to knit them all.

Until next time, be creative!
Tina


It’s Finally Finished!

I am so happy to write my post today because I have finally finished my Buttercup sweater!!!


Yarn:  LB Collection Cotton Jeans 
Color: Classic Indigo
Skeins Used:  6 
Pattern:  Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier

I modified the sleeves and the bottom band by working a k3,p3 rib.  As mentioned in my earlier post I was worried about the neckline but it turned out perfect. I love my new sweater and Heidi’s pattern was wonderful to knit and super easy to follow.

Now I am planning my next sweater and have decided I must have cables.

Until next time, be creative!


A New Hat!

I recently re-subscribed to Taproot Magazine as I was missing the pure simplicity of this magazine.  There are always wonderful articles, stories, recipes and awesome crafts, especially when it comes to knitting.  My friend Lara shared that she purchased Make, Issue 1 and that is was full of great projectss, especially for sewing and knitting.  So of course I had to had to purchase a copy too and I’m so glad I did.  This issue is full of wonderful knitting patterns, many that have been favorites of mine for a long time.

I also took a peek at their online shop and bought the Feast Honey Kit , a hat design by Andrea Mowry and a new to me yarn, Rustic Heather Sport by Lichen and Lace (100% Canadian wool; 215 yards / 56 grams).  I chose the color smoke gray and upon receipt had to order another skein directly from the yarn company so that I can make a pair of matching mitts. The yarn is awesome and I can’t wait to to have a cozy hat and mitt set!

Photo- Courtesy of Taproot Magazine 
This kit is currently on sale online at Taproot, and for $20, you receive what is pictured above.  I can’t wait to start my hat!!

Until next time, be creative!

Sunday Musings: WIPs and Stitching

I am almost finished with my Buttercup sweater.  Yes, this means I am nearing the end and will soon have a finished sweater.  I have decided to work a k3,p3 ribbing for the bottom band, and will do the same for the arms.  This has been the longest sweater project ever!!

Here’s my progress photo....


I am worried about one thing though, the neckline, it looks way to large and I am hoping I am wrong. Fingers crossed that it will look less “open” once I finish the neckline. I really do love the yarn and I am so glad I decided to use it for this pattern.  I am going to continue knitting on and plan to work the ribbing for the bottom band until it measures 4” in length.

On another note, I am itching to start stitching and have just received these beautiful hand dyed Aida cloth for a few cross stitch projects.  I found these lovely hand dyed colors from My Vintage Needlearts.


I plan to use the first three colors for Halloween patterns I have in my stash and the last one on the far right for Christmas.  I love stitching for the holidays and haven’t done anything in since this last time last year when I finished my Nevermore project. I am still working Quilting Bee and haven’t made too much more progress but the progress I’ve made, I absolutely love!


I am also still working on my Nurmilintu handspun shawl, which sadly has been sitting on my coffee table waiting for me to finish it.  


And.... I am working on a hand drawn bag t use for future sock projects 😀. I love drawing on fabric, especially when it comes to leaves.  This little bag will be perfect for small projects.





What are you working on ?

Until next time,  be creative !



Finished!!!

Yesterday, I finished spinning the 4oz of  shetland that was gifted to me by my friend Lara.  I loved spinning this fiber, it was a cheerful and spun up rather quickly.

As I mentioned in my July 21st post, I opted to spin this as bulky weight and I really love how it turned out.  I am still learning to spin in bulky weight and it has been a bit of a challenge as I somehow seem to manage have a few runs of thick-n-thin as I spin.  So, consistency is not quite there yet but will come with much practice.

Fiber:  100% Shetland Wool
Color:  Candy
Dyer:   Knit Spin Farm
Weight:  4 oz


Early today I chain plied .... look at the colors!!!






I ended up with 45 yards of bulky weight yarn.

I love spinning bulky weight yarn and plan to do more of it.  Once I feel that my consistency is there, I plan to purchase a Super Flyer (see my July 13 post here).

Until next time, be creative!


Sunday Musings: A New Cast On

“A half finished shawl left on the coffee table isn't a mess; it's an object of art.” 
― Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

I have been trying my best to finish my Buttercup sweater but honestly I haven’t been in the mood to work on it.  I will eventually finish it, but need a break to work on something new.  So, I casted on Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander , a design published in the Summer 2015 of Spin-Off magazine.  I love this pattern and it’s perfect for my finished skein of handspun that I’ve had in my stash for a while.

Just look at those colors..... scrumptious and to me very southwestern. I wanted a pattern to show off the colors of the yarn and not detract from it, so Nurmilintu is a perfect compliment.


Fiber:  Hello Yarn
Color:  Hummingbird
Yardage:  415 yards 


I am truly enjoying this project, especially the simplicity of it.  A perfect design for handspun that is a free pattern too!  I plan to use my handspun stash for more projects this year, especially for accessory pieces.  

What are you working on this week?
Until next time, be creative!